From the last supply of core textbooks to Sissala East in 2010, there has since been a shortage of 78,504 core text books in schools up to date as enrolment increases.
The municipality needs 78,504 core Mathematics, Integrated Science, English and Social Studies textbooks in the corresponding pupil population at the KG, Basic and Junior high schools. These aside also includes teachers textbooks and guide which will enable them to prepare lessons adequately to teach youngsters in schools.
The current school population stands at 4,260 at the KG, 11, 631 at Basic school and 3,735 at the Junior high school as each child must be entitled to four core textbook each. KGs are lacking 17, 040 core textbooks, the Basic Schools lack 46, 524 core text books whilst the Junior high school needs 14, 940 core textbooks.
The deficiency is affecting learning outcomes in schools in the Sissala East municipality as the past years registered failures at the BECE and the worst being in 2015 and 2017 which saw a 42 percent pass rate against 64 in 2018 and the other year’s. The issue of lack of text books came up in several platforms as part of educational challenges in the municipality
The Assistant Director in Charge of Supervision at the Ghana Education, Mr. Godfred Kanton in an interview with Radford news disclosed that for closed to nine years, governments has always said textbooks would be supplied to schools but failed to do so.
He said the impact of no textbooks in schools discourages children from learning, especially children whose parents cannot afford to buy books for them. Even teachers are affected as they may not get enough materials to prepare lessons for teaching he expressed.